ance from their oppressors : thence the pestilenceVOL. II. E50 THE HAPPINESS OF HEAVEN.was dispatched, as it were, to punish the dis-obedient ; and there the pardon of transgressorswas announced. — In a still more appropriatesense, God was said to dwell in the temple,A visible brightness indicated somewhat of theglory of God : wonderful and miraculous dis-plays of power, mercy, and love, denoted hispeculiar presence. — In like manner, the Spirit of God is said to dzvell in the hearts of realChristians ; that is, he manifests his presencein them by the exertions of Divine power andniercy, by enlightening the soul vvith knowledge,by sanctifying it with grace, by supporting andcheering it with Divine consolations. — Thesescriptural ideas will serve to explain to us moreclearly the meaning of God's *' dwelling inheaven." In heaven, the Divine glory, wisdom,holiness, power, and love, will be exhibited inthe strongest colours. As a glory formerly filledthe holy of holies ; not that the glory was God,but only a sensible indication of his presence ;so may the brightest glory be supposed perpe-tually to illuminate every part of those blessedregions : '' for they shall have no need of thesun, neither of the moon, to shine therein; forthe glory of God does enlighten them, andthere shall be no night there." There will themind be continually astouished, delighted, andTHE HAPPINESS OF HEAVEN". 51elevated by proofs of wisdom, not obscure, orsparing, or finite, but clear, and manifest, andboundless. There, too, the holiness aiid purityof the Divine Nature will beam forth in ravsof lustre: not such, indeed, as will dazzle thebeholder, but rather such as will illuminate himwith their splendour, and transform him intothe same celestial " image, from glory to glory."